ERIC Number: ED381162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Philosophical Aspects of Library Information Science in Retrospect. Preliminary Edition.
Nitecki, Joseph Z.
This study is a sequel to "Metalibrarianship." The previous work formulated a specific model for the philosophical interpretation of librarianship, and the present essay provides a wide-ranging reference to different views on the philosophy of librarianship. The review of philosophical viewpoints about library information science (LIS) is provided in two parts: samples of contributions to the intellectual foundations of library and information science are analyzed in part I, and then they are abstracted in part II. Selection of entries is based on their relevance to the theme of this study, and by the appearance of the works in "Library Literature" under the heading "Librarianship--Philosophical Aspects." Some entries are exceptionally long because their authors either: (1) are not well known to the general readership in philosophy of librarianship; (2) developed their own philosophical viewpoints; or (3) participated in a long dialogue about the philosophical subject. Only a few of the essays analyzed offer developed philosophical models of librarianship, since at present the philosophy of librarianship has many missing pieces. Most essays provide insights to only some aspects of LIS or restate this insight in a nonphilosophical mode. This compilation is by no means complete, and is offered as a preliminary draft to the students of librarianship to build on, by expanding past and present contributions, adding syntheses of new ideas into the nature of recorded data, information or knowledge, and by elucidating new roles of the profession. Three appendices constitute part III: philosophers cited in the compendium (part II), references to selected names cited in the compendium, and a 103-page bibliography. (MAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Students; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A